Freedom and introspection are the only two rules Jacqueline Athmann lives by when it comes to creating her art.
Growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis, she was encouraged to paint when her sister purchased a canvas for her at the age of eleven. She was mesmerized shortly after by a magazine ad with wet paint splotches and dripping wet paint drops.
She recently began a “Wet Paint” series inspired by that ad.
“Once the paint dries, the paint color dulls and darkens and never has the same look and feel,” Athmann explains. “This is what inspired me to start photographing the painting as I paint so I could enjoy the paint longer.”
Photography is a passion for Athmann in addition to painting. It is “a great way to be artistic when I’m unable to be in my studio or am not inspired to paint.” She confesses she is still learning photography but it keeps her active and interested in the surrounding world.
She particularly admires the work of Bansky whose political and social commentary can be seen on walls, bridges and buildings in numerous cities around the globe.
“I love Bansky’s humor, rebellious nature and the simple yet dramatic way that he sends his message,” says Athmann. “I believe we would have a great conversation and learn from each other.”
After watching a video on YouTube where she paints “Consoling Strength” I recognized Athmann’s wonderful outlook and attitude.
“My paintings are created in chaos and with a lot of surrounding plastic in the immediate area…typically very thick with layers of paint,” says Athmann. “This kind of work is usually over 15 layers of paint or more. Getting the right look takes time and the process is something I enjoy very much.”
Of course, the viewer may not recognize the layers but certainly can appreciate the finished product.
Relying on intuition, Athmann doesn’t have a plan when she steps in front of a canvas, though it is something she is working on. “I have been known to step in front of a canvas, work for over 8 hours without a break,” says Athmann. “Once I start, it’s very difficult to stop.”
For Athmann, painting alleviates anxiety and daily stress. It frees her mind from racing thoughts and worry. Just the glistening paint makes her happy.
“When I paint, I can create and feel any way I want to,” says Athmann. There are no rules. All art is beautiful to someone.”
Athmann’s philosophy and advice to aspiring artists? Don’t stop. Believe in yourself. Find your path. Don’t waste a day.
An attitude everyone should live by.
Athmann’s work can be found here.
Follow her on Twitter @That1chikuknow or on Facebook.
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